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January 2012: Issue 1/01

Accountability

Transparency

Penang leads in transparency THE New Year of 2012 has become perhaps a significant political hallmark for Malaysia. For the first time in the nation’s history, members of a ruling administration have publicly made a complete disclosure and declaration of their personal assets. The Pakatan Rakyat-led Penang state government headed by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also the DAP secretary-general, has taken the lead in the promotion of a clean, corrupt-free, transparent, and accountable governance by publicly revealing their personal financial status and declaring their private assets. On Thursday 12 January 2012, CM Lim and members of his state executive council called a press conference at the Komtar government complex to publicly open their personal books to allow the people to inspect their financial accounts and property ownership. That day is certainly a day when the nation actually begins to see a ray of hope blossoming into an exhilaration of a new dawn of a new era in the socio-political life of the nation.  The brave and bold move by CM Lim and his executive councillors is not only a symbolic gesture or political gimmick merely to win the hearts and minds of the people, but a very essential and intrinsic demonstration of the fundamental principle of rule by the people, on behalf of the people, for the people. The public declaration of assets should be seen, recognised, and accepted as the sincere and honest fulfilment of the personal obligation and political commitment of CM Lim and his team in wanting to be totally credible and trustworthy in the administration of the state for the greater good of the people of Penang. The historic event should be front-page report in the newspapers, but the Barisan Nasional-controlled main stream media (MSM) have buried the story in some insignificant inside pages.  During the press conference announcing the assetdeclaration, CM Lim also proposed six integrity measures to ensure a cleaner leadership with integrity in line with the CAT (Competency, Accountability, Transparency) principles. The six integrity measures are: (1) There must be a ban on political parties participating and involving in business which can only lead to conflict of interest. 

Edisi Bahasa Inggeris, Tamil dan Cina

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng wish Gong Xi Fa Cai

“How can politics mix with business as the former seeks to uphold public interests whereas the latter is to pursue private benefit and profit? How wealthy political parties that are involved in business have become can be seen by the MCA giving money to its members every year,” CM Lim said. (2) The ban on mixing politics with business must be followed by establishing an open tender system to check crony capitalism.  According to CM Lim, an open tender system will

prevent unjust contracts such as that accorded to the Independent Power Producers (IPP) and the toll concession operators, allowing the few to earn tens of billions of ringgit in extraordinary profits at the expense of the 27 million ordinary citizens of the country. Malaysians are mourning the “the lost decade of corruption”, where the Washington-based financial watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI) estimated • TURN TO PAGE 2

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01 - 15 January 2012

DCM2 Prof P. Ramasamy, KPMG Chartered Accountant Ooi Kok Seng, CM Lim Guan Eng, DCM1 Dato Mansor Othman, Chow Kon Yeow. Back row left to right : Law Choo Kiang, Lim Hock Seng, Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, Wong Hon Wai, Abdul Malik Abul Kassim

Minister Najib Razak make public declaration of assets a major part of his Government Tranformation ProRM1,077 billon of illicit money, including ill-gained gramme? All his socio-economic programmes and and corruption money, had been illegally siphoned out projects are of utterly no significance if there is no of the country from 2000 to 2009.  transformation of the moral and ethical character of the The current RM250 million “cows and condos” political leaders. The first step towards a morally upfiasco when money was released two years before any right, honest, transparent, accountable and responsible agreement was signed to a family company of Wom- government is the public declaration of the personal en, Family and Community Development Minister financial status and private assets of its office-holders.  Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, and used for the The challenge to the Najib administration is to make purchase of condos instead of cows shows that the public disclosure of personal assets a fundamental reBarisan Nasional has not been managing the nation’s quirement of all office-holders in the government. If financial resources with absolute responsibility and that has been the practice, such fiascos like the ‘cow accountability. and condo” scandals would not have happened. CM Lim said that it is not surprising then that the (5) There must be full and unconditional implementalatest Transparency International (TI) Corruption Per- tion of the 125 recommendations proposed by the 2005 ception Index records Malaysia as declining to the 60th Royal Commission on the Enhancement of the Manageplace in 2011, compared to its 37th place in 2003 when ment and Operation of Polis Di-Raja Malaysia (PDRM), Tun Abdullah Ahmad first took over as prime minister. especially the formation of an Independent Police ComThe Transparency International, however, com- plaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).  mended the Pakatan Rakyat administration in Penang The proposed IPCMC is meant to cut down abuses for being open, transparent, and accountable in its open- of police powers and police corruption.  tender system. “The failure to set up the IPCMC only shows the (3) There is a need for a Freedom of Information Act unwillingness of the Barisan Nasional federal governto ensure transparency and also the public disclosure of ment to deal with the negative public perception about government contracts.  the police,” CM Lim said. Over the years, especially during the last two decades, (6) The Elections Commission (EC) must be punished we have seen many hanky-panky dealings involving hun- for its failure to act or even failure to press for action dreds of million ringgit of public funds, with corrupt by the relevant authorities on election bribery, espepoliticians linning their pockets with nary a care for any cially the failure to comply with the Election Offences consequences since they are assured of cover-up and pro- Act 1954 imposing election spending limits of tection by their party leaders in the ruling administration.  RM200,000 for every parliamentary constituency and (4) There must be a declaration of personal assets by RM100,000 for every state constituency. public officials holding positions of public trust. By taking the bold and brave measure to make pubThe Guan Eng administration has taken the lead in lic disclosure and declaration of the financial assets and being the first ruling administration to require its office- private property of its office-holders, the Pakatan holders to publicly disclose and declare their personal Rakyat-led Penang state government has now desmonfinancial status and assets.  strated vocally and visibly that it is not only righteous, And Chief Justice Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria has also honest, sincere, and responsible, but also cleaner and proposed that all judges declare their personal assets to more transparent in the administration of the state, on bring about greater judicial intergrity. Syabas to the behalf of the people, by the people, for the people.  Chief Justice. The Pakatan Rakyat-led Penang state government What about the federal cabinet ministers? Will Prime has shown that is serious about national integrity and • FROM PAGE 1

credibility by publicly declaring the personal assets of its topmost officials, the Chief Minister and his state executive councillors.  This morally responsible action follows the adoption of a Freedom of Information Ordinance passed by the Penang state assembly last year as well as its policy and practice of a open-tender system that has won Penang commedation from the Transparency International and the Auditor-General, and generally welcomed by the people. There is yet hope for a real transformation of Malaysia into a harmonious, peaceful, corrupt-free, and morally sound nation. The decision on which direction the nation takes lies in the hands of the people. Do we want to continue having a morally corrupt and irresponsible government or one that thrives and flourish on the CAT (Competency, Accountability, Transparency) principles?  [NOTE: I have received several e-mail and SMS messages condemning me for being a mercenary spin writer for Guan Eng as I am supposed to be close to him and his father Kit Siang. I want to  clarify that what I write is solely my personal observation and opinion. I am not at all close to the DAP leaders as claimed. They know me merely on a client-professional level -- they are the news maker and I am a news writer, nothing beyond that. I doubt they ever consider me a personal friend, let alone as part of their inner circle. I am not qualified to be their friend, being a nobody, with no position and no money. My role as media consultant to the Buletin Mutiara is merely the performance of an editorial job, doing it to earn some money to put food on the table, that is all. I am just paid a few hundred ringgit, not any big fat pay as alleged. I hope people will not misconceive my writing as reflective of the view of Guan Eng or Kit Siang. They only know who I am -- a journalist -- and not as a personal friend, let alone a confidant. -- Thomas Lee]

Penang executive council declaration of assets on Pages 5-8

An Orchestra of Prosperity 01 - 15 January 2012

WANITA Mutiara president Betty Chew Gek Cheng launched the Sunway Carnival Mall’s “An Orchestra of Prosperity” as Chinese New Year theme on 9 January 2012. The mainland shopping mall, as part of its Chinese New Year programme, presented the delighful Chinese Opera performance to entertain its shoppers and to bring back memories for the elders, and to expose and educate the young to the traditional cultural art. A Justice Bao costume was on display for shoppers to view. Usually, the God of Prosperity is the Chinese New Year symbol, but this time, the focus is on Justice Bao, a figure well-known in the Chinese traditional legends for his sense of justice and intregrity. Sunway Carnival Mall centre manager Chow Heng Wah said in his speech that Chinese New Year is a very special occasion for communities, as it is time of reunion, remembering and appreciating families and loved ones. Betty,the wife of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, is herself a seasoned politician who is the state assembly member of Kota Laksamana in Malacca. She spoke eloquently without referring any notes. Clearly, the matters are closed to her heart as she talked passionately about families and filial piety.   She told the shoppers at Sunway Carnival about Penang’s Golden Child Programme, and urged everyone to register their babies born on or after 1st January 2011 to get the one-off RM200 love gift from the state.   Then, she reminiscenced about her mother’s advice to keep the family rice urn fully filled as a symbol of having plenty of blessings during the Chinese New Year. She is sure that Sunway Carnival mall will be the shopping centre for everyone to get their necessities. Betty urged the children to take along their parents

when they are out shopping so that their elderly parents can enjoy the Chinese Opera in the comfort of S u n w a y. I n the old times, open-air Chinese opera was among the few entertainments available, and people will take along stools and sit to enjoy the opera. “It is good thing because, now our parents can watch the opera while our young ones can learn about this traditional art. At the same time, we can also share the Chinese culture with our friends from among the Malays, Indians and other races,” Betty said. Betty ended her speech with wishing the people a Happy Chinese New Year, and reminding those travelling home for the their reunion dinner to drive carefully and safely.

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Ustaz Salleh – a peoplecentric assembly member 01 - 15 January 2012

Pix by Mohd Hafiz Tajudin

USTAZ Salleh Man was sworn in as a state assembly member in August 2009 after winning the Permatang Pasir by-election under the PAS ticket. The ustaz is a father of five children and has been active in politics since his youth. A friendly people-centric state assembly member with an ever ready smile, he works hard with the people in his constituency, solving the multi-racial community problems. Recently, Salleh hosted a pre-Chinese New Year party for the people of his constituency at King Cross Street. About 500 people turned up for the event, with the children having a real happy and fun time as they received angpows and Mandarin oranges from Salleh. The old folks also received angpows and hampers. The guests were treated to a mouth-watering buffet dinner. King Cross Street was in the news recently when the squatters

approached Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for assistance as they were asked to leave because the land they are staying on for three generations are marked for development. Through the intervention of the state government, these residents have been offered a higher compensation of RM30,000 to RM45,000 each although they were only offered between RM15,000 to RM20,000 each earlier. The residents are obviously grateful for the assistance from the state through the help of their assembly member Salleh.

Delightful weekly Car-Free Day

BOLLYWOOD, Malays, Thai and modern pop songs filled the crisp morning air while thousands of people from various races sway to the beat. It is indeed a sight to behold as the people work up a sweat along the street in George Town as the beat gets faster. It is New Year’s Day, the 1st January 2012. Although most people are still in their slumber after the previous night New Year’s Eve countdown, the people have passionately turned up in full force for their weekly aerobic exercise at the Penang Car-Free Day. A group of 30 freestyle skaters turned up to join in the fun. They are youths from Singapore and also from other parts of Malaysia. Club president Lim Thong Soon, 27, said that having a weekly Car-Free Day will encourage a healthy lifestyle.  “ T h i s C a r- F r e e Day will also help to promote skating as a sport because we can skate on the streets,” Lim told the Buletin Mutiara.   The youths exploded with delight when Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng arrived to join the aerobics. And the youths seized the opportunity to have a

photo session with CM Lim before he flagged them off for a round of skating around Esplanade and also a performance on stage. If you are in Penang, do join the Car Free Day

events taking place every Sunday morning from 7am . If aerobics is not your cup of tea, you can also bring your bicycle for a ride or just stroll down the streets.

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01 - 15 January 2012 DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YAB LIM GUAN ENG, CHIEF MINISTER

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YAB LIM GUAN ENG, CHIEFMINISTER

AS AT 8 MARCH 2008 Descriptions (i) Shop House (Melaka)* (ii) Shop House (Melaka)

PROPERTIES

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011

Cost of purchase RM’000 435 530

Loan taken RM’000 300 350

*joint property Shares/Unit Trust (i) DRB-Hicom (ii) Sino Hua-An (iii) Kump Fima (iv) Lion Forest Ind (v) Tru-Tech (vi) Amanah Mutual Bhd (vii) Gefung

RM 10,000

Loan taken RM’000 300 350

MOTOR VEHICLES

Sources of Income:EXCO Salaries OF ASSETS BY EXCO DECLARATION Allowances ADUN Allowances MP Allowances Director’s Fee: PDC AS AT 8 MARCH 2008 Director’s Fee: PBA Descriptions

(i) 2 Storey Terrace House (Tmn Sri Nibong) (ii) Flat (Teluk Kumbar) (iii) Agriculture Land (Kedah)

RM

RM

NIL

NIL

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011

Cost of purchase RM’000 140

Loan taken RM’000 140

25 Inherited

NIL NIL

Shares/ Unit Trust ASB

Descriptions (i) 2 Storey Terrace House (Tmn Sri Nibong) (ii) Flat (Teluk Kumbar) (iii) Agriculture Land (Kedah)

Shares/ Unit Trust ASB

NIL Loan taken RM’000

140

80

25 Inherited

NIL NIL

Increase of RM50,000 since 8 March 2008 and units received via dividends NIL

Toyota Camry

Cost of purchase RM’000

Loan taken RM’000

140

80

OF ASSETS BY YB P.RAMASAMY A/L PALANISAMY, DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER II AS AT 8 MARCH 2008

Descriptions PROPERTIES

Loan taken RM’000 140

FDs

Cost of purchase RM’000 Toyota Camry

Cost of purchase RM’000 140

Shares/units/RM

RM107,819

FDs

(i) Bungalow (Semenyih) (ii) Land (Sitiawan)

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011

Cost of purchase RM’000 328 Inherited

Loan taken RM’000 180 NIL

Descriptions (i) Bungalow (Semenyih) (ii) Land (Sitiawan)

Cost of purchase RM’000 328 Inherited

Shares/units

INVESTMENTS

NIL

Shares/ Unit Trust

NIL

FDs

NIL

FDs

NIL

(i) Perodua Kelisa (ii) Proton Perdana

Loan taken RM’000 180 NIL

Shares/units

Shares/ Unit Trust

MOTOR VEHICLES

Cost of purchase RM’000

Loan taken RM’000

36 96

25 75

(i) Perodua Kelisa (ii) Mercedes 230E #loan settled

Sources of Income:EXCO Salaries EXCO Allowances ADUN Allowances MP Allowances Director’s Fee: PDC Director’s Fee: PBA

298,785

FDs

Shares/units/RM

Sources of Income:EXCO Salaries EXCO Allowances ADUN Allowances Director’s Fee: PDC DECLARATION Director’s Fee: PBA

RM 25,989

YB DATO’ MANSOR BIN HAJI OTHMAN, DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER I

INVESTMENTS

MOTOR VEHICLES

Shares/units 2,000 1,000 3,000 1,000 1,200 124,845 200

(viii) Public Mutual Bhd

245,000

FDs

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB P.RAMASAMY A/L PALANISAMY, DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER II

Shares/Unit Trust (i) DRB-Hicom (ii) Sino Hua-An (iii) Kump Fima (iv) Lion Forest Ind (v) Tru-Tech (vi) Amanah Mutual Bhd (vii) Gefung

Shares/units 2,000 1,000 3,000 1,000 1,200 112,843 200

(viii) Public Mutual Bhd

PROPERTIES

(i) Shop House (Melaka)* (ii) Shop House (Melaka)

Cost of purchase RM’000 435 530

*joint property

INVESTMENTS

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB DATO’ MANSOR BIN HAJI OTHMAN, DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER I

Descriptions

Cost of purchase RM’000

Loan taken RM’000

36 200

25# 180

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01 - 15 January 2012 DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB CHOW KON YEOW, EXCO

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YAB CHOW KON YEOW, EXCO

AS AT 8 MARCH 2008 Descriptions PROPERTIES

(i) Flat (Bukit Gambir) (ii) Flat (Bukit Gambir)*

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011

Cost of purchase RM’000 101 95

Loan taken RM’000 76 55

*joint property

Descriptions

Cost of purchase RM’000 101 95 590

(i) Flat (Bukit Gambir) (ii) Flat (Bukit Gambir)* (iii) House (Balik Pulau)

Loan taken RM’000 76 55 465

*joint property

INVESTMENTS Shares/ Unit Trust

MOTOR VEHICLES

RM

(i) Public Dividend Select Fund (ii) Public Islamic Dividend Fund

10,000

FDs

40,000

Proton Waja

Loan taken RM’000 65#

#loan settled

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY ABDUL MALIK BIN ABUL KASSIM, EXCO

FDs

No new FDs after 8 March 2008

Proton Waja

Cost of purchase RM’000 65

AS AT 8 MARCH 2008 Descriptions PROPERTIES

Cost of purchase RM’000

Loan taken RM’000

Descriptions

Cost of purchase RM’000

Shares/units

Shares/ Unit Trust

NIL

Shares/ Unit Trust

NIL

FDs

NIL

FDs

NIL

(i) Proton Tiara

Loan taken RM’000

NIL

Shares/units

Cost of purchase RM’000 36

Loan taken RM’000 30

(i) Proton Tiara (ii) Honda CRV 2.0

Cost of purchase RM’000 36 143

Loan taken RM’000 30 130

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB LIM HOCK SENG, EXCO AS AT 8 MARCH 2008

Descriptions (i) House (Seb. Jaya) (ii) Flat (Mutiara Perdana) (iii) Flat (Vista Perdana) (iv) Shop House (Raja Uda)* (v) Factory (Permatang Pauh) * (vi) Land (Teluk Air Tawar)

*joint property #loan settled INVESTMENTS

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011

Cost of purchase RM’000 36 78 146

Loan taken RM’000 # 78 109

Inherited Inherited

NIL NIL

16

NIL

Shares/units

Descriptions (i) House (Seb. Jaya) (ii) Flat (Mutiara Perdana) (iii) Flat (Vista Perdana) (iv) Shop House (Raja Uda)* (v) Factory (Permatang Pauh)* (vi) Land (Teluk Air Tawar) *joint property #loan settled

Cost of purchase RM’000 36 78 146 Inherited Inherited

NIL

Shares/units

100 100

Shares/ Unit Trust (i) Kotindak (ii) Kojadi

100 100

FDs

NIL

FDs

NIL

(i) Honda EX5 m/cycle (ii) Volvo 240GL (iii) MYVI Perodua (iv) Honda CRV

Cost of purchase RM’000 3 61 42 104

Loan taken RM’000 NIL NIL 42 55

(i) Honda EX5 m/cycle (ii) Volvo 240GL (iii) MYVI Perodua (iv) Honda CRV #loan settled

Loan taken RM’000 # 78# 109 NIL NIL

16

Shares/ Unit Trust (i) Kotindak (ii) Kojadi

MOTOR VEHICLES

Sources of Income:EXCO Salaries EXCO Allowances ADUN Allowances MP Pension Director’s Fee: PBA

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011

NIL

Sources of Income:Salaries Exco Exco Allowances ADUN Allowances Director’s Fee: PDC Director’s Fee: PBA Director’s Fee: MAIPP PROPERTIES

Loan taken RM’000 65#

OF ASSETS BY YB ABDUL MALIK BIN ABUL KASSIM, EXCO

INVESTMENTS

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB LIM HOCK SENG, EXCO

20,500 21,000

#loan settled

Sources of Income:EXCO Salaries EXCO Allowances ADUN Allowances DECLARATION MP Allowances

MOTOR VEHICLES

10,000 5,000

(i) Public Dividend Select Fund (ii) Public Islamic Dividend Fund (iii) Public China Select Fund (iv) Public China Titans Fund

5,000

Cost of purchase RM’000 65

RM

Shares/ Unit Trust

Cost of purchase RM’000 3 61 42 104

Loan taken RM’000 NIL NIL 42# 55#

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01 - 15 January 2012 DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB LAW HENG KIANG, EXCO

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB LAW HENG KIANG, EXCO

AS AT 8 MARCH 2008 Descriptions Condo (Island Glades)*

PROPERTIES

Cost of purchase RM’000 239

* joint property INVESTMENTS

* joint property

NIL

FDs

NIL

FDs

NIL

Loan taken RM’000

Loan taken RM’000 NIL

Shares/units/RM

Shares/ Unit Trust

Cost of purchase RM’000 NIL

Honda Civic 1.8

Cost of purchase RM’000 114

Loan taken RM’000 50

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB PHEE BOON POH, EXCO AS AT 8 MARCH 2008

(i) Apartment (Pantai Molek) (ii) House (Taman Dahlia)* (iii) Shophouse (Bandar Mutiara)* (iv) Houses (Hamilton, New Zealand)* (v) Land (Hamilton, New Zealand)* (vi) Land (Telok Air Tawar)*

* joint property INVESTMENTS

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011

Cost of purchase RM’000 170 145 Inherited

Loan taken RM’000 EPF 80 NIL

Inherited

NIL

NZ165

NIL

150

NIL

Shares/units/RM Shares (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii) (ix) (x) (xi) (xii) (xiii) (xiv)

AMPROP 7,667 APLAND 6,000 BURSA 55,000 MRCB 67 MUIIND 44,000 REX 449,100 TA 90,000 TAGB 54,000 TAGB-PA 54,000 Symphony House Bhd 315,187 Daya Materials Berhad 240,000 MBF Holdings Berhad 20 Trinity Corporation 100,000 Malayan United Ind 17,006 DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB PHEE Bhd (xv) Dutaland Berhad 5,667 (xvi) Pan Malaysian Ind Bhd 2008 60,000 AS AT 8 MARCH (xvii) Promet Berhad 20,000 Shares/units/RM Shares (xviii) Protasco Berhad 40,000 (xix) Minho (M) Bhd 1,000 (xx) VTI Vintage Berhad 24 (xxi) Jutajaya Holding Bhd 10,000 (xxii) Mancon Berhad 1,000 (xxiii) Promto Berhad 10,000 Unit trust (xxiv) MaxGain (UOB B’W) (xxv) Gain Assure (UOB B’W) (xxvi) Unit Trust (UOB B’W) (xxvii) HLG23 Hl Global Infrastructures Fund (xxviii) OSK18 OSK-UOB Global New Stars Fund (xxix) Shareholding in family business/group as at 8 March 2008 FDs

MOTOR VEHICLES Nissan (Serena) Sources of Income:Salaries Exco Exco Allowances ADUN Allowances Director’s Fee: PDC

Condo (Island Glades)

Cost of purchase RM’000 239

NIL

Descriptions

INVESTMENTS

Descriptions

Shares/ Unit Trust

Sources of Income:Salaries Exco Exco Allowances ADUN Allowances

PROPERTIES

Loan taken RM’000 NIL

Shares/units/RM

MOTOR VEHICLES

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB PHEE BOON POH, EXCO

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011

(i) Apartment (Pantai Molek) (ii) House (Taman Dahlia)* (iii) Shophouse (Bandar Mutiara)* (iv) Houses (Hamilton, New Zealand)* (v) Land (Hamilton, New Zealand)* (vi) Land (Teluk Air Tawar)* (vii)Penthouse (Bagan Ajam) (viii)Bungalow Land (Batu Kawan) * joint property

38,133 293,399 134,912

Fixed deposit with accumulated interest

Loan taken RM’000 EPF 80 NIL

Inherited

NIL

NZ165

NIL

150 160 349

NIL 144 NIL

Shares/units/RM

AMPROP 7,667 APLAND 6,000 BURSA 55,000 MRCB 67 MUIIND 44,000 REX 449,100 TA 90,000 TAGB 54,000 TAGB-PA 54,000 Symphony House Bhd 315,187 Daya Materials Berhad 240,000 MBF Holdings Berhad 20 Trinity Corporation 100,000 Malayan United Ind 17,006 BOON Bhd POH, EXCO (CONT’D) (xv) Dutaland Berhad 5,667 (xvi) Pan Malaysian Ind31 Bhd 60,000 AS AT DECEMBER 2011 (xvii) Promet Berhad 20,000 Shares/units/RM Shares (xviii) Protasco Berhad 40,000 (xix) Minho (M) Bhd 1,000 (xx) VTI Vintage Berhad 24 (xxi) Jutajaya Holding Bhd 10,000 (xxii) Mancon Berhad 1,000 (xxiii) Promto Berhad 10,000

FDs

Loan taken RM’000 Loan fully settled before 8 March 2008

Cost of purchase RM’000 170 145 Inherited

Shares (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii) (ix) (x) (xi) (xii) (xiii) (xiv)

Unit trust (xxiv) MaxGain (UOB B’W) (xxv) Gain Assure (UOB B’W) (xxvi) Unit Trust (UOB B’W) (xxvii) HLG23 Hl Global Infrastructures Fund (xxviii) OSK18 OSK-UOB Global New Stars Fund (xxix) Shareholding in family business/group

300,000 1,137,600

Cost of purchase RM’000 140

Descriptions

Alphard

300,000 1,137,600 38,133 293,399 134,912 unchanged Increase in FDs of RM150,000 after 8 March 2008 (Public Bank Berhad) Cost of purchase RM’000

Loan taken RM’000

169

148 (Public Bank Berhad)

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01 - 15 January 2012 DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB LAW CHOO KIANG, EXCO

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB LAW CHOO KIANG, EXCO

AS AT 8 MARCH 2008 Descriptions PROPERTIES

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011

Cost of purchase RM’000

* joint property

NIL

Shares/ Unit Trust (i) TMC Life (ii) Eti Tech (iii) Stemlife (iv) Faber Group (v) Mulpha Int (vi) Ramunia (vii) PA Resources (viii) Dufu Technology (ix) Hexagon (x) Eden Inc (xi) Poh Kong (xii) MNC

FDs

NIL

FDs

Perodua MYVI 1.3 DECLARATION OF Sources of Income:Salaries Exco AS AT 8 MARCH 2008 Exco Allowances ADUN Allowances Descriptions Cost of purchase RM’000 PROPERTIES (i) Apartment (Paya 97 Terubong) *

Loan taken RM’000 35

NIL Cost of purchase RM’000 49

Perodua MYVI 1.3

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011 Loan taken RM’000 Loan fully settled before 8 March 2008

Descriptions (i) Apartment (Paya Terubong) *

Cost of purchase RM’000 97

Shares/ Unit Trusts PBA

Proton Wira 1.5 Sources of Income:Salaries Exco Exco Allowances ADUN Allowances PROPERTIES

Gift by parents RM’000 NIL 200

Shares/units NIL

Shares/ Unit Trusts

1,000 Joint FDs with accumulated interest Cost of Loan purchase taken RM’000 RM’000 51 Loan fully settled before 8 March 2008

FDs

No new FDs after 8 March 2008

Proton Wira 1.5

Cost of purchase RM’000 51

Loan taken RM’000 Loan fully settled before 8 March 2008

DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB ONG KOK FOOI, EXCO AS AT 8 MARCH 2008 Descriptions (i)

House (Sungai Petani)* (ii) Condo (Gelugor)* (iii) Land (Kuala Muda)* (iv) Condo (Bayan Lepas)*

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2011

Cost of purchase RM’000 220

Loan taken RM’000 115

175 68 486

166 NIL 380

*joint property INVESTMENTS

Loan taken RM’000 Loan fully settled before 8 March 2008 300

600

(ii) House (Balik Pulau)*

Shares/units

MOTOR VEHICLES

Loan taken RM’000 35

* joint property

INVESTMENTS

Descriptions (i) House (Sungai Petani)* (ii) Land (Kuala Muda)* (iii) 2 ½ Storey Factory (Sungai Petani)* (iv) 3 Storey Terrace House (Tanjung Bungah)*

Cost of purchase RM’000 220 68 276

Loan taken RM’000 115# NIL 220

980

750

*joint property #loan settled Shares/ Unit Trust (i) Bursa Malaysia (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii)

AMINVEST UOB-GDF Public Mutual-PCSF OSK-GIP UOB-Maxgain UOB-OSK

FDs MOTOR VEHICLES

Sources of Income:EXCO Salaries EXCO Allowances ADUN Allowances

50,000 35,000 49,000 20,000 30,000 100,000 50,000 20,000 20,000 35,000 100,000 100,000

ASSETS BY YB WONG HON WAI, EXCO

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FDs

Loan taken RM’000 355

Shares/units

Shares/ Unit Trust

Cost of purchase RM’000 49

Cost of purchase RM’000 392

House (Bandar Cassia)*

Shares/units

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DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB ONG KOK FOOI, EXCO

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DECLARATION OF ASSETS BY YB WONG HON WAI, EXCO

Loan taken RM’000

Toyota Harrier (sold in year 2011)

Shares/units 1,000 RM 5,000 21,798 27,611 15,816 9,350 11,095

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UOB-GDF Public Mutual-PCSF OSK-GIP UOB-Maxgain UOB-OSK

FDs

13,563 Cost of purchase RM’000 211

Shares/ Unit Trust (i) GEN-SP (ii) Bursa Malaysia

Loan taken RM’000 143

Toyota Camry 2.4

Shares/units 12,000 1,000 RM 21,798 27,611 15,816 9,350 11,095 63,563 Cost of purchase RM’000 170

Loan taken RM’000 70

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2012年1月刊

槟州政府农历新年前派大红包

5独中各获40万令吉年度拨款 民联州政府执政后落实制度化 教育拨款政策,并主张民主化教 育,那就是常年拨款给州内各源 流学校,包括自国家独立以来都 被联邦政府忽略的独中发展。自 槟州首长林冠英宣布将2010年 年度拨款款项增加至200万令吉 后,更在祥龙年来临前派红包, 移交各40万令吉给州内5所独 中,而该款项更是已于2012年1 月5日就直接汇入董事部银行户 头。 槟州共有5所独中,那就是日新 独中、韩江独中、钟灵独中、槟 华独中以及菩提独中;而自从民 联执政槟州后,就落实制度化教 育拨款政策,让州内各源流学校 如独中、教会学校、人民宗教学 校、华小以及国民型中学都能够 获得常年拨款。 值得一提的是,槟州政府更在 2009年拨出100万令吉给5所独中 林冠英(前排右4)在农历新年前派大红包,移交各40万令吉给州内5所独中,让各校过个祥龙年。 后宣布增加2010年款项至200万 的改变。 亚教育基金。” 令吉,这无疑为独中董事部捎来好消息。 “尤其是在2005年的时候,联邦政府的立场是独 在移交模拟支票仪式上,代表接领的各校代表 5校董事代表于去年12月期间与槟州首长林冠英及 中不可能获得政府拨款,更不可能承认独中统考文 有日新独中董事长拿督斯里郑奕南、韩江独中副 槟州政府华教事物协调委员会主席章瑛国会议员开 凭,但来到了2011年及2012年,独中行情可说是不 董事长李瑜槟、槟华独中董事李鸿莲、菩提独中 会商讨拨款分配事宜,而各校皆同意平分200万令 同了,独中统考文凭获得一半的承认,那就是可申 董事部财政蔡铨忠以及钟灵独中董事拿督斯里陈 吉,那就是每所独中可获得40万令吉。 请进入师训,而且也50名独中统考生在一个马来西 文彬。 槟州首长林冠英于1月7日移交独中拨款模拟支票 给5间独中董事代表时指出,这证明槟州政府是听人 民的话的政府,而且他也认为制度化拨款是非常重 要的开始,而这政策也“传染”到其他州去,那就 是其他州政府纷纷向槟州学习制度化教育拨款。 “当初我们要制度化教育拨款时,有人就渲染说 这会引起反弹、会发生问题。以前的(国阵)州政 府拨款久久一次拨款50万令吉给独中,董事部就要 谢天谢地,因为这就好像是铁树开花这样。虽然我 们现在拨出的40万令吉只是个小数目,但这是州政 府民主化教育的诚意。” “这也证实了制度化教育拨款是不会出现问题、 是不会乱(引起恐慌)的,乱的是他们(国阵)的 心里乱而已。这证明他们要煽动种族情绪,却煽动 不起来。就好像当初我们要安装中文路牌一样,也 同样引起他们的不满而示威,但他们最终还是无法 得逞。我们安装的不只是中文路牌,同时也安装淡 米尔文及阿拉伯文路牌,最重要的是我们是在不伤 害任何族群感受的情况下进行的。” 另外,章瑛国会议员则表示,槟州5所独中在民联 执政以来所获得分配的拨款可说是历年来最高的款 额,甚至是比过去30年还高,而这都是人民所带来 槟州首长林冠英及夫人周玉清州议员的农历新年贺卡。

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2012年1月刊

槟州政府破天荒派补贴金

首轮1348宝宝领红包过年 槟州宝贝计划成功开跑!全槟共有1348名新生宝宝在补贴金首轮发放日,从槟州首长林冠英手中 领取200令吉红包过年! 以民为本的槟州民联政府自推动乐龄人士回馈金计划取得广大回响及支持后,再落实槟城宝贝计 划,发放200令吉补贴金给每名在2011年1月1日或过后出世的槟州宝贝,以减轻父母们的负担。 槟城宝贝计划共吸引了逾7000人登记,而补贴金的首轮发放期为已过的1月1日及2日;次轮发放日 是1月14日及15日。

槟州首长林冠英手抱一对双胞胎宝贝,而这对宝贝也不怕生且舒服地躺在首长怀抱里,忙着玩弄口袋里的笔及 支票,非常逗趣可爱。

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由槟州政府及槟州各姓氏宗祠联合委 员会联合主催、槟州各姓氏青年团联合 委员会主办的新春文化庙会近年来越办 越有声势,甚至成了外坡人在佳节时选 择前来槟城游玩的主要目的,也因此打 下了一定程度的口碑,甚至堪称是全国 最受欢迎且最热闹的新春庙会。 由民联执政后接管至今的庙会已4 年,民众支持率可说是一年胜一年,相 信今年造访人次将破万,因此,槟州文 化委员会主席黄汉伟鼓励即将来参与庙 会的民众能够耐心地走完全场,那才有 意义,而且庙会内也有饮食特区,如果 民众走累了,就停下脚步歇息,先来点 吃的,吃饱了,再继续走,边走边吃边 享受,那么才能度过一个难忘的新春庙 会。 担任《祥龙献瑞庆壬辰文化庙会2012 》大会主席已4届的他说,自他接手举 办新春文化庙会以来,那就是自2009年 至2012年,他与青联委互动很好,而宗 联委则非常有经验,但重要的是大家都 很期待活动,尽管筹委在筹备过程中都 会说不如改成2年一度好了,毕竟这筹 备工作是非常耗时且压力的。 “因为筹委们都是属于义务性质来携 手策划及举办这庙会的,因为台上一分 钟、台下十年功,他们需要用半年的时 间来进行筹备,而且还得牺牲新春假期 槟州首长林冠英在《祥龙献瑞庆壬辰文化庙会》众筹委陪同下主持亮灯仪式时。 陪伴家人的时间。然而,每次就在结束 年主办的重头活动。 了之后,当他们看到民众的热烈反应 后,却是满足地坚持要每年都办。” “州政府相信,我们每年花钱主办,加上赞助 另外,槟州首长林冠英于1月11日晚上为配合州 商的支持,都是值得的。一个没有庙会的新年, 政府和各姓氏宗祠联委会主催、各姓氏青年团联 就像没有味道的新年一样,在槟城的新年,一定 合委员会主办的《祥龙献瑞庆壬辰文化庙会》主 要“配上”街头庙会,才称为槟城新年。” 持亮灯仪式时说,这场在新春期间照耀在古迹街 “说到出钱,只要是值得的投资,州政府一定年 区的灯笼,都是配合街头庙会而亮灯,让我们在 年支持。我知道工委会每年牺牲新春难得的假期 申遗成功的古迹区,也显现新春的气氛。 来为社会服务,是很伟大的。但是我依然希望, “街头庙会是自1999年起,由一群热爱中华文 这项年度的庙会,可以成为一个更具国际水准的 化的槟城人所创办的,并且曾经两度被联邦政府 活动,也希望工委会考虑,在来年扩展到一连两 授权办成“全国新春大团拜”主办单位,这是槟 天的活动,让本地人及游客尽兴而归。否则很多 城社团组织一个了不起的成就,也是槟城的骄傲 人年年都投诉走不完、看不完。” 和光荣。” 他说,自从民联执政槟州之后,原本每两年举办 一次的街头庙会,也在州政府的要求下,成为每

《祥龙献瑞庆壬辰文化庙会》场地已经挂上了红彤彤的大灯笼,并且已经亮了灯,不禁 让人感染到浓厚的新春气息。

来自槟州绿色机构的绿活温馨提示: 趁着壬辰年的来临,槟州政府恭贺民众龙年 如意行好运! 在新春佳节期间,槟州民间举办了大大小小 的团拜,而如果打算要出席团拜的您,何不趁 着佳节期间支持绿意行动,在除了使用可生物 降解的餐具之外,也自备可重复使用的餐具? 槟城的土地有限,就让我们携手减少制造垃 圾,缩减垃圾场土地使用量。 在丢垃圾前,再想想、再减少、再使用以及 再循环。

《祥龙献瑞庆壬辰文化庙会》的祥龙牌楼吸引了许多民众一睹为快。

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《祥龙献瑞庆壬辰文化庙会2012》节目表

节目

中华文化区-信仰区 中华文化区-饮食区 中华文化区-文艺区 •万龙图 •真人象棋 中华文化区-保健区 《追踪溯源,承先启后》 《光辉岁月》图片展 孙中山基地 慕韩别墅 回教博物院 籍贯区 《庇能老街》 《华人传统节庆》 峇峇娘惹文化区 《古早儿时玩意儿》 《空中大团拜》

简介 从5000年的中华文化看来,我们不难发现古人对龙的信仰及崇拜。 这次将通过“水晶龙宫”的方式来呈现,让现代人能去了解古人对龙的信仰、崇拜及不同的传说。 古今往来,中华饮食料理已经遍布世界各地。如今将利用“龙门客栈”来呈现,让现代人了解古人 的饮食方式和食津。 从古至今,中华文化累积了不少的文化艺术,并一直流传至今, 这回将让现代人了解古人对文娱, 及艺术的热忱并将之继续发扬光大。 现场收集公众用毛笔写成的“龙”字,公开让民众参与。 通过戏剧表演的方式,呈现棋盘上你争我斗的情景。 千百年前,中华民族已经懂得透过多种不同方式来强身健体, 当中不乏武术、太极、舞狮及中医草药。 如今将带各位更深入地去了解各门派的拳术及各种神兽的玩法,不再只是一个抱着观赏心态的观众。 介绍华人姓氏来源及槟城各宗祠家庙的资料展,认识堂号及猜姓氏灯谜。 过往多次庙会的经典图片展览。 展示孙中山在槟城的事迹及资料。 孙中山百年纪念图片展。 开放给公众参观。 槟城各大籍贯乡会会馆及属会的历史图片展、籍贯剧场、民族服装、美食品尝及不同的文化展览。 招来被认为属于夕阳行业的业者,从新出发呈现独特的传统老行业。 演绎及展示华人的传统节庆食品、用品和庆祝方式。 展览及示范峇峇娘惹的传统服装、婚礼、食品及游戏。 带领公众回味小时候的古早玩意儿,并让现时代的儿童认识过往爸妈小时候的游戏。公开让民众参与。 现场通过业余无线电向国内外宣传文化庙会及拜年。

街道/建筑物 世德堂谢公司 邱公司 打石街

林氏九龙堂 打铜仔街 打铜仔街 打铜仔街 打铜仔街 打石街 牛干冬 亚贵街 四方巷 宝福社 邱公司 打铜仔街

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2012年1月刊

“母亲入院期间,我被解雇!” 记得在2011年1月21日,距离华人农历 新年只有2个星期时间,我却接获一名年 轻人的投诉,指其母亲在1月13日突然“ 中风”入院,而隔天,他却无法上班工 作,只好向公司申请1个星期无薪假,专 心照顾母亲的病情。 而该公司主管也叫这名年轻人呈上申 请“无薪假”表格和母亲的医生证明 书。而他也则在14日当天获得医院发出 母亲的医生证明书后,就即刻到公司提 呈相关文件。 不料,该公司人事部却在1月18发出 一份日期是从1月14日起,“终止服务 契约”的信件给他,指他违反劳工法 令,无故旷工。 当时,由于他看不懂英文,所以公司的 人直接要求他在信件上签名,直到他回 家,由妹妹阅读这封信件后才知道,这 是一封“解雇信”。 信中阐明,他在没通知公司的情况下无

故旷工,更说明其公司曾尝试联络他, 不过,却一直没有获得他的回应。事实 上,他已向上司禀报,而在医院期间, 他从未接过公司代表的来电。 于是,这名年轻人不甘心,直接到YB 服务中心向我投诉,并询问我,他可以 采取什么行动​​对 付其无良的雇主?若入 禀劳工仲裁,他的胜算如何? 由于我非常同情这位投诉者的遭遇,因 此,特陪同他到劳工局进行申诉。而对 于那些同样遭到雇主无缘无故解雇的员 工,他们则可依据以下步骤,向当局提 出申诉。 (一) 如何申诉? 当劳工面对雇主不公平的对待时,他们 可以透过以下方式向当局投诉,即:• 透过电话方式 • 亲临现场投诉 • 写信方式处理 • 透过电邮投诉

《申诉程序》 申诉者必须给予劳工局相关文件,其中有:• 雇主的姓名和地址 • 针对的问题和事项(需给予详细的说明) • 申诉者的姓名和地址 《申请过程》 第一步骤

提交申请表格申诉者必须给予当局相关文件,其​



中:-



• 雇主的姓名和地址



• 针对的问题和事项(需给予详细的说明)



• 申诉者的姓名和地址

第二步骤

协调



劳工与资方如果认为他们的权利受损,可以向劳​



工部申诉,而当局将发函通知双方到场协调,若​



达成和解,问题将获解决。

第三步骤

调解



若 劳 工 与 资 方 仍 谈 不 妥 , 这 时 劳 工 局 将 进 行 调​



解,包括发函要求双方出席劳工仲裁进行审讯。

第四步骤

劳工仲裁



一旦交由劳工仲裁处理,双方不得声明不服,并​



且必须依照当局所安排的日期,出席听审。

在审讯过程中,劳工仲裁只扮演“中间人”角色,并将听取双方所提出的问 题和证据后,再作裁决。一般上,雇主将会聘请律师进行审讯,不过,无论 哪一方败诉,他们皆需承担所有法律上的责任和损失。 (注:本文乃轉載自槟州行政议员林峰成特别助理叶晋仰新书《光大52,助理一笔之力》:“ 大马劳工局”篇。欲购买此书者可到大众书局或各报摊购买,谢谢!)

1. 透过电话 方式

投 诉 者 可 以 透 过 电 话 方 式 联 络 当 局 负 责 人 作 出​ 投 诉 , 热 线 为 : 6 0 3 - 8 8 8 6 5 0 0 0 或 联 络​ 中 心 : 6 0 3 - 8 8 8 8 9 1 1 。 槟 城 T e l : 0 4 - 2 6 1 3 1 2 3 /​ 2625536Telekerja: 04-2639111

2. 亲临现场 投 诉 者 可 以 亲 临 附 近 的 劳 工 局 填 写 申 诉 表 格 。​ 投诉 3. 写信方式 在 信 件 中 , 投 诉 者 必 须 填 写 资 方 的 公 司 名 称 、​ 处理 姓 名 、 电 话 、 地 址 以 事 实 的 经 过 , 然 后 把 信 件 寄​ 到劳工局,地址如下:

JTK Negeri Pulau Pinang



Tingkat 2, Bangunan Tuanku



Syed Putra, 10300 Pulau Pinang

4. 透过电邮 投 诉 者 可 以 直 接 透 过 网 址 取 得 表 格 后 , 填 写 资 方​ 投诉 公司名称、姓名、电话、地址及事实经过。

电邮(E-mel): [email protected]



网址(Web Page): www.jtksm.mohr.gov.my

Golden Child Programme a big hit

01 - 15 January 2012

THE atmosphere at Dewan Sri Pinang was more like a family carnival than a state function. Grandparents, children, babies and proud parents were mingling around. Hardworking staff members from the District Office were busy registering parents and their babies for the first Golden Child Programme cheque presentation on 2nd January 2011. Similar scenes were also observed at several other locations around the mainland and in Balik Pulau, the day before when Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng attended similar functions where a one-off RM200 cheque is presented to all babies born on 1st January 2011 onwards.   According to record, 17,965 births were registered in Penang in 2011. Up to June 2011, 1,348 babies have registered under the Penang Golden Child Programme. A total of 402 babies, including three pairs of twin babies, received RM200 oneoff payment from CM Lim.  Voon Bee Fong, 35, and her husband Chew Chong Tee, 40, who are proud parents of twin boys You Kai and You Wei said: “It is very good for the government to give us parents money. We get RM400 for our twins and will certainly find the money useful to buy things for them.” G. Logan, 35, was there with his first baby Thaksaini, who is 9-month old.  Logan said he will use the RM200 to start an investment saving for his baby. Logan’s wife said: “The state government is very good. They give money to us, and my father has also received the Senior Citizen Programme RM100 too.” CM Lim was overheard encouraging parents to have more babies, especially to the Chinese parents. According to CM Lim, “2012 is dragon year, lucky to have another dragon baby.”  He also met a few fathers who have several children, from 6 to 8 children and congratulated them for the multiple kids. Norafiza, 30,  came with her husband and three kids, the youngest Muhammad Arasy Nauful is 6-month old. She said: “CM Lim is a leader with the people at heart.  I hope the state government will continue  giving  these contributions in future.” Parents who have children born on or after 1st January 2011 are encouraged to register for the

Golden Child Programme through their respective state assembly service centres or through the coordinator (pegawai penyelaras) centres. They can also get the forms from the District Office. There is just one condition – one of the parents must be a Penang voter.   Looking at the happy faces of the parents and grandparents and also the barely year old chubby babies, one knows that the Penang Golden Child Programme is a success because everyone is happy

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to meet other parents of all races in one venue.  Many parents were excited to have their photos taken with the CM Lim.  Although the amount of one-off payment of RM200 may be small, this tiny amount have spark many parents to start a saving accounts for their newborns. It is a foundation of a bright future for Penang where human talent is top priority.

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Buletin Mutiara has sought the assistance of MPPP Secretary Ang Aing Thye to explain the role of councillors.

Roles of Councillors

1. Local government is the third tier of government after the federal and state governments. Local councillors are appointed by the state governments. Local councillors are appointed by the State Authority under Section 10(1) of the Local Government Act 1976. 2. Councillors are often seen as representatives of the interests of their respective communities in the local authority area. Their role is summed up in Section 10(2) of the same Act which reads, “ Councillors of the local authority shall be appointed from amongst persons the majority of whom shall be persons ordinarily resident in the local authority area who in the opinion of the State Authority have wide experience in local government affairs or who have achieved distinction in any profession, commerce or industry or are otherwise capable of representing the interests of their communities in the local authority area.” 3. As members of Standing Committees which make decisions on the approval of planning applications, finance, budgets, development projects, licensing etc,. Councillors plan an important role as policy and decision makers in determining the direction of the local authority. 4. Councillors act as an intermediary or 'bridge' between the local community and the local government in matters related to provision of basic services such as cleanliness, beautification, provision and maintenance of infrastructure, provision recreation and open spaces, parking, enforcement etc. 5. Councillors are also seen as spokespersons of the local Council explaining council policies and

projects to the community to ensure policies and projects implemented by the council are acceptable to the community at large 6. Based on their standing as local community leaders and experience in their respective professions, they stand to advice the local council on matters relevant to their expertise as well as to solicit public participation on programs organized by the council. 7. Presently, the councillors are appointed by State Government.

BULETIN MUTIARA Level 47, Komtar 10503 Penang Phone : 04-650 5468, 012-225 3080 Fax : 04-261 5923 Email : [email protected]

EDITORIAL

Editor : Yap Lee Ying Assistant Editors : Zuliana Aziz, Ainul Wardah Sohili (Bahasa Malaysia) Chan Lilian (English) Tam Poh Guek (Chinese) D. Bhavaneswari (Tamil) Photographers : Law Suun Ting, Ahmad Farhan Fauzi, Chan Lilian, Mohd. Hafiz Tajudin and Alissala Thian Graphic designer : Loo Mei Fern Media Consultant : Thomas Lee Seng Hock

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SENARAI NAMA AHLI MAJLIS MPSP 2011 (1 JAN. 2012 - 31 DIS. 2012)

SENARAI NAMA AHLI MAJLIS MPPP 2011 (1 JAN. 2012 - 31 DIS. 2012)

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Telefon

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Telefon

Nama

En. Sim Chee Keong [email protected]

012-590 75 07

012 - 483 0878

Harvindar a/l Darshan Singh

012 - 42822 50

019-412 99 96 04-594 1231

016-411 44 00 04-588 0818 (Tel) 04-588 0885 (Fax)

Zulkifli bin Mohd. Noor

En. Teoh Seang Hooi [email protected]

En. Lim Eng Nam (PKR) [email protected]

019-54 63 257

Tay Leong Seng

019 - 321 9392

En. Soon Lip Chee [email protected]

012-4290 163

Puan Kusala Kumari @ Rynu a/p A. Shanmugam (PKR) [email protected]

Lim Siew Khim

016 - 531 6026

Lim Cheng Hoe

016 - 438 4809

En. Visvanathan a/l Kumaran

012 - 488 0409

En. Ong Ah Teong

012 - 410 6566

[email protected]

012-477 6468 04-398 3242 (Tel) 04-502 1667 (Fax)

Tan Hun Wooi Ooi Keat Hin

016 - 417 1331

Cik Tan Xin Ying

016 - 553 1987

Francis a/l Joseph

012 - 474 3321

Cik Ramlah Bee Binti Asiahoo

016 - 422 2142

En. Mohamed Yusoff Bin Mohamed Noor

04 - 657 7464 (Tel) 012 - 472 8114

Encik Iszuree Bin Ibrahim

016 - 443 3205 019 - 450 7890 012 - 472 6725

En. Mohd Shaipol Bin Ismail

012 - 571 2250

En. Guanalan a/p Sengalaney

013 - 485 3128

En. Chandrasekeran a/l S. Maniam chanderase[email protected] gov.my

012-5619870

En. Mohamad Zainudin bin Othman [email protected] gov.my

013-45 47 009

En. Ahmad Farid bin Md. Arshad [email protected]

019-540 9396 04-3979796 (Fax)

En. Johari bin Kassim [email protected]

019-449 1450

Abdul Latif bin Abdullah [email protected]

019-560 57 55

En. Bahktiar Appanai bin Yahya [email protected] gov.my

017-568 3778 04-977 3982

Telefon

En. Amir bin Md. Ghazali (PKR) [email protected]

013-584 8386 04 - 521 1987 (Fax)

En. Ahmad Kaswan bin Kassim (PAS) [email protected] my

019- 408 4899

En. Lim Tau Hoong (NGO) [email protected]

019-446 35 51

Dr. Tiun Ling Ta (NGO) [email protected]

013-430 2096 04-508 0039 (Tel) 04-657 0918 (Fax)

Sr. Mohd. Zahry bin Shaikh Abdul Rahim

En. Ahmad Tarmizi Bin Abdullah (NGO)

013 - 414 4822

Encik Teh Lai Heng

016 - 445 9808

Encik Gooi Seong Kin

016 - 457 1271 012 - 412 2558

En. Loh Joo Huat (DAP) [email protected]

012-4221133

Encik Prem Anand a/l Loganathan Encik Tan Seng Keat

012 - 438 6191 019 - 456 0077

En. Ong Koon Liak (DAP) [email protected]

012-4277868 04-530 0363 (Tel) 04-538 6950 (Fax)

Tuan Haji Mohd Rashid Bin Hasnon Muhammad Sabri Bin Md Osman

013 - 432 0207

Puan Sarina binti Hashim (PKR) [email protected]

013-50 00 155

Mohd Taufik Bin sulong

012 - 438 0873

Tahir Jalaluddin Bin Hussain

012 - 463 5959

En. Md Jamil Bin Abd Rahman PAS) [email protected]

019-4490007

Dr. Lim Mah Hui

012 - 422 1880

Encik Sin Kok Siang

016 - 422 2255

Ng Chek Siang [email protected]

016 - 470 7089

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People touched by caring government  ONG, a 74-year-old vegetable seller, was sitting on the grounds with plates of chillies, ginger, onions, and other vegetables he was selling. Trading in a low income area, Ong’s vegetables merely cost merely RM1 or RM2 per portion. Some of the brocollis have turned a bit yellowish, but it’s alright, they are affordable to the families there. Ong, who had been trading there for decades, is quite surprised to see Kampung Melayu given a bright, cheerful splash of paint in artistic design. At 74, Ong has seen it all, and he comments that never has he seen such generousity by the previous state administrations.

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“Why is the government so generous?  Why does it spend money to paint the flats? It also spends money to re-wire the other block and build new toilets,” Ong told Buletin Mutiara assistant editor Chan Lilian, who stopped to chat with him during a visit to the area. “Penang is now a people-centric government. The government now listens to the people. The people wanted a new coat of paint for the flats, so the government finds ways to provide them with the facelife,” Chan told Ong. The project cost RM270,000, and is born by the state government and corporate sector under their CSR programme. The state bears 80% while the corporate sector bears 20%. Mohamed Abu Bakar, who has stayed there for 30 years since 1977 when the Kampung Melayu flats was first built, is thankful for the fresh coat of paint.   The widower who stays with his two grand-daugthers is glad the Penang state government takes care of them. He has received the RM100 from the Penang Senior Citizen Programme for two years.

When wife died a few months ago, Mohamed also received RM1,000 from the Penang Senior Citizen Appreciation Programme. “I am very happy with this paint job and I am sure now that the place is so nice, the people will be less inclined to damage the properties here. Some irresponsible people like to damage the lifts buttons which is very frustrating,” Mohamed said. The fresh coat of paint that has an artistic stroke of various colours design have attracted the people from the surrounding areas.  

One Mrs Tan in her 60s who lives in the nearby housing area was found admiring the refreshing, modern paintwork. She said this made the flat neat and clean. Air Itam state assembly member Wong Hon Wai said that he is happy that the Pakatan Rakyat has successfully helped the  residents to upgrade their flats. “Previously, the place was in a bad condition, but after we initiated the repainting project, the place is now brighter, cleaner and nicer,” Wong said.

Ensuring clean and hygienic hawker fares  PENANG’S famous hawker foods are the main attractions for many Malaysians and Singaporeans, who will drive, fly, take a bus or train ride to the state just for these authentic delicious foods not found elsewhere. Several places on the island are famous for the mouth-watering assam laksa, char koay teow, curry mee, mee goreng, mee rebus, and ais kacang.  Knowing how important it is to provide hygienic clean foods to visitors, the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) takes a serious stance in ensuring that these outlets are regularly checked.  The MPPP enforcement units from the various departments will make their rounds to see that the outlets have the proper licencing, are clean and hygienic, and those dealing with the cooking and handling of the food have the certified health permits. MPPP Public Health Standing Committee alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong will spring to action the moment a complaint has been received on any of the food outlets. For example, Ong recently led a team of MPPP enforcement officers to check on several hawker stalls

along the famous Lorong Selamat, following some complaints from the public.  One char koay teow stall was found to have set up a branch stall on the busy Lorong Selamat, without a licence, and also obstructing traffic flow.  During the operation, the MPPP officers also found some hawkers disposing dirty dishwashing water with food particles into the drains, which is also an offence, as such action can clogged up the drains, leading to blockage and flash foods during heavy rain. The char koay teow stall owner was issued four summonses for various offences, totalling RM630, and given a grace period of one week to close the branch stall located on the road or risk having the stall

removed and confiscated.  The MPPP also issued seven summonses to three other shops along the same stretch of road. The Public can call the 24-hour MPPP Hotline at Tel No: 04-2637000 if they have complaints on dirty food outlets. Another multi-language complaint hotline is Tel No: 04-2637637

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CONTACT NUMBERS FOR SENIOR CITIZEN APPRECIATION/SINGLE MOTHERS/SPECIAL NEEDS/GOLDEN CHILD/ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMS PROGRAM PENGHARGAAN WARGA EMAS/OKU/IBU TUNGGAL/ PROGRAM ANAK EMAS/ PROGRAM RAKAN ANTI KEMISKINAN N1 Penaga

: 019 - 470 4800 - Rosidi Hussain : 012 - 490 6546 - Abd Rashid : 019 - 437 2887 - Muhasdey

N2 Bertam N3 Pinang Tunggal N4 Permatang : 019 - 510 2633 - Arshad Berangan Md. Salleh N5 Sungai Dua : 019 - 477 6740 - Md. Fahmi Abd. Wahab N6 Telok Air : 017 - 427 1581 - Salehin Tawar Mohamed N7 Sungai Puyu : 012 - 528 8411 - Ng Ya Ling N8 Bagan : 013 - 449 0366 - YeapChoon Jermal Keong N9 Bagan : 016 - 473 1963 - Gesan N10 Seberang : 013 - 489 3227 - Abdul Jalil Jaya Che Ros N11 Permatang : 019 - 412 8442 - Kamal Pasir N12 Penanti : 04 - 522 1463 - Suhaimi Bin Mansor N13 Berapit : 019 - 481 7823 - Ong Kee Seong N14 Machang : 019 - 546 3257 - Rynu Bubuk N15 Padang : 04 - 502 5071 - Ooi Zhen Lalang Chee N16 Perai : 012 - 339 3479 - Pn. Rajaletchumi N17 Bukit Tengah : 016 - 469 5343 - Amizuddin N18 Bukit Tambun: 016 - 442 0820 - Ong Eu Leong N19 Jawi : 017 - 408 4784 - Abdul Halim Yunus N20 Sungai : 012 - 415 2905 - Munir Bin Bakap Makhtar N21 Sungai : 012 - 473 5774 - Hj M. Kamil Acheh A.Bakar

N22 Tanjong Bungah N23 Air Putih

: 012 - 232 6101 - Carol : 04 - 829 0614

- Chiam Heng Hock - Nancy Lim

N24 Kebun : 04 - 829 3691 Bunga N25 Pulau Tikus : 012 - 488 3227 - Joe N26 Padang Kota : 012 - 431 7015 - Johnny Chee N27 Pengkalan : 012 - 437 1522 - Wang Lai Kin Kota N28 KOMTAR : 012 - 412 6284 - Adreena N29 Datok : 012 - 410 6566 - A. T. Ong Keramat N30 Sungai : 010 - 464 3308 - Anna Pinang N31 Batu : 012 - 480 3885 - Ooi Soo Lancang Chuan N32 Seri Delima : 012 - 486 2552 - Mr. Lingam N33 Air Itam : 012 - 493 3648 - Teh Choong Kong N34 Paya : 012 - 484 1963 - Toon Hoon Terubong Lee N35 Batu Uban : 012 - 409 7507 - A.Francis Xavier 010 - 562 2004 - M. Sri Jaimuralydasan N36 Pantai : 019 - 443 2088 - Victor Jerejak N37 Batu Maung : 013 - 510 1968 - Latifah N38 Bayan Lepas : 019 - 472 6956 - Asnah Bt Hashim N39 Pulau : 019 - 570 9500 - Hj Md Tuah Betong Ismail N40 Telok : 016 - 400 6462 - Halil Sabri Bahang

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Peaceful co-existence among the various faiths 01 - 15 January 2012

PENANG is the first state in the country to have a highprofile non-Islamic religious affairs committee headed by the chief minister himself. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng established the executive council portfolio in February 2011, and since then, several meetings and dialogues have been carried out with representatives of the various religious bodies in the state.  The latest is the meeting between the state government with the Penang chapter of the Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) on 6 January 2012 at the Chief Minister’s Office in Komtar.  Deputy Chief Minister (II) P. Ramasamy, state executive councillors Phee Boon Poh and Wong Hon Wai and state assembly member A. Tanasekharan attended the meeting.  Among the matters raised, discussed and agreed upon at the meeting are:  (1) The Penang state government will give a grant of at least RM50,000 to the MCCBCHST; (2) An annual education school funding be given to the Punjabi school;  (3) A Wesak Open House will be jointly organised by the Penang state government and the Buddhist community leaders; (4) To work with the Hindu Endowments Board to find suitable sites on the island and on the mainland

where Hindu final rites can be performed at the seafront with the release of flowers and white rice. Taoist representative Ooi Kok Chuan comments: “We are currently gathering all the various Tao groups and hope to set up a body to educate and promote awareness about Taoism. State executive councillor Phee Boon Poh will discuss with us on how we can carry out our plans. We also hope to have a celebration where we can invite people of the other faiths to join us.” Ooi also mentioned that people can include Taoism as their religion in their children’s birth certificates and MyKad. Christianity representative Bishop Antony Selvanayagam said he hopes that the state will support the charitable organisations which are extensions of the various churches as these organisations are helping the community. For example, he said, the Catholic Church has orphanage, old folk’s homes and a cancer hospital which provide care for all people, irrespective of their colour or creed. Bishop Antony said that one of the main concerns of the Christian community is the lack of land for cemeteries.  He also said many churches are concerned with the status of their places of worship.  Buddhism representative Lim Tien Phong said he is very happy that after so long, for the first time the Penang state government will join them in holding an open

house on Wesak Day.  He said that in their previous Wesak Day celebrations, an average of 10,000 Buddhists participated, and looks forward to this coming Wesak Day when he anticipates more people will join the Buddhists in the celebration. M.B. Ayapan of the Hindu Sangam told the Buletin Mutiara that they had been applying for a location to carry out the Hindu last rites.  Usually, on the fourth night of the deceased passing, the Hindu will carry out a ceremony at dawn when they will scatter flowers and white rice into the sea. They have identified a spot behind the Hindu temple in Batu Ferringhi, and another place on the mainland. Ayapan is elated that the Penang state government has announced that two locations will be allocated to them.  “This matter has been long outstanding and we had applied to the previous state administration, but nothing was done. So, we are very happy this morning to meet CM Lim and be given this news,” Ayapan said. Ayapan has made a request to the state government that it consults the Hindu Sangam when there are matters related to Hindu temples or any activities involving the Hindus. Sukhindarpal Singh, who represents the Sikhsm community, expressed their thanks to the Penang state government for allocating funds to the Punjabi school in Penang.  

Thrill on the hill for Chinese New year

01 - 15 January 2012

COME, celebrate your Chinese New Year with a difference this year -- go up to Penang Hill to escape from the hot weather and enjoy the cooling hilltop environment and green, lush jungle. And, you won’t miss any of the famous delicous Penang hawker fares like char koay teow, satay, aiskacang, laksa, nasi Melayu. The newly opened The Cliff Cafe will be doing business as usual and will stay open throughout the Chinese New Year festive period. The Cliff Cafe is a project by the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) and was completed just recently. Adrian Tan, 23, an actor from Kuala Lumpur, was in Penang Hill to do filming and was pleasantly surprised that Penang has such a beautiful hill resort. Although he has been to Penang several times, this is his first visit to the popular hill resort.

“I will definitely recommend Penang Hill to my friends. This is a wonderful place for some exercise while enjoying the greeneries,” Adrian told the Buletin Mutiara. Adrian also noticed how Penang is much cleaner and orderly, compared to Kuala Lumpur. Farid Wagiman, 30, and a filming crew were enjoying themselves, soaking in the sunset over Penang and having a drink. Farid said he likes the traditional wooden structure of The Cliff Cafe and the fresh air and serene surrounding. “This is almost like the Cameron Highlands!” Farid exclaimed. Indeed, The Cliff Cafe overlooks the Penang skyline, with birds chirping and sun setting. The MPPP has been working hard to ensure the newly opened iconic destination of Penang Hill takes off wonderfully. The building director Yew Tung Seang and MPPP councillor Ong Ah Teong were hard at

work, listening to the grouses of some of the hawkers and assuring them that the operator will look into the issues. Intially, some sectors were not satisfied with the rental and operating costs compared to their former rental. However, it has been explained to them that the MPPP has spent millions to provide them with an international standard food and souvenir outlets which will

V for Vendetta spirit in Penang PENANG can proudly proclaim that it is the first state in Malaysia to have a Speaker’s Square for the people to speak freely. Opened in May 2010, the Speaker’s Square at the Esplande has seen active participation from people since then. People come forward to speak every Wednesday and Sunday at 6pm. Penangites possess the fiery spirit of expressing themselves. This is displayed at the Esplanade on New Year Eve 2012. Against the backdrop of the Penang City Hall, crowds are attracted to a group of people. The young people, comprising about 25 persons wearing yellow t-shirts and donning the movie V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes masks were creating awareness on the need for free and fair election. They are individuals who believe in the freedom of expression.  The group spokesman Lee Hui Fei, 24, told the Buletin Mutiara that they are doing the walkabout to bring awareness on clean and fair election, and also as part of the Kill the Bill movement against the Peaceful Assembly Bill, which has been passed by Parliament and will soon be enacted as a law..   Hui Fei was informed that Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has been faithfully wearing yellow on every Saturday in support of clean and fair election.

She is pleased and said, “It is a good move by CM Lim to support clean and fair election.”   Hui Fei works in the human rights NGO Suaram as a co-ordinator, but was at the Speaker’s Square in her personal capacity. She hopes Penang will hold local government election. “Before we can do that, we need to educate the public. We must focus on public awareness before that can take place,” she said. Hui Fei and her friends stopped for dinner at the

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also house an Owl Museum. Moreover, the costs will include service, security and other management help. So, make The Cliff Cafe your Chinese New Year must-visit destination. Family members and good friends will enjoy the lovely surroundings which is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is the literally and physically the coolest place in Penang!    

Esplanade and created quite a  stir with their yellow t-shirts and Guy Fawkes masks.  The quote from V for Vendetta rings loud and clear -- “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”   In Penang, there is a mutual respect as the Speaker’s Square is the platform for people to speak up, hopefully without fear or favour, and without harassment from the enforcement agencies.

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Penang – where people’s voice is heard and heeded 01 - 15 January 2012

ONE recent Saturday morning, I was in George Town with my husband to buy waxed ducks and sausages for the coming Chinese New Year celebration. The shop I have patronised yearly for decades now provides a real good and friendly customer service. The old China man used to manning the cash register no longer uses the abacus, but has gone modern with a calculator and printed receipts. He is also no more grumbly and impatient like in the old days, but is more friendly and smiles often. In the good old days, the shop keeper and his workers spoke only Cantonese and didn’t bother if you have problems understanding them or not. They have no patience for you to ponder and choose, and they started making remarks if you were slow in telling them what you want.  When you pay, you have to trust that the old man and his abascus calculations are accurate. Never ever question him or you will get an earful of fast Cantonese words. But then, there were not many Chinese traditional sundry shops like it around so people still flock to the shop whether they like the service or not. After some time, I guess they learn that they have to accede to their customers, and not the other way round if they want to keep the customers happy, especially now when the hypermarkets and supermarkets are giving them a run for the money. The same thing is happening in our country now. The government realises that it cannot take the people for granted, but has to make them happy or they will lose the people’s support. This is the people’s power, as demonstrated in the ballot boxes in 2008.. In Penang, the might of people’s power was ignited on 8th March 2008, when Penangites mobilised themselves to take the bold and brave move to kick out an ineffective and inefficient 50-year-old state administration, to opt for a drastic change. This resulted in a new dynamic state leadership emerging to initiate and implement massive changes in which the principles of Competency, Accountability, and Transparency (CAT) become the guilding philosophy of the state administration. Four years on, and we can see the significant changes and improvements in the state, making it the top in economic management and the leader in investments. Government come and go but the Penang spirit lives on. We Penangites can be proud that our fathers and grandfathers too had done the same thing when the chief minister was from the MCA, then from Gerakan, and now the DAP. We m a d e t h e choice, and we will have to live with it. When we talk a b o u t p e o p l e ’s power, the government gets nervous. 

The ruling authorities think of people’s voices as frightening. However, the people’s power comes in many positive ways, and not just demonstrations that the government is so afraid off.   If we take a walk along George Town during the Chinese New Year festivities, we will be mesmerized by the red lanterns hanging over our heads. This is a testament of how people come together to paint their town red for the festivities. It is a collective effort of associations, clans, social interest groups, businessmen and the people in the community. This is mooted by a supportive state government. The other positive vibes of the people’s power is the mass aerobics at the Penang Car Free Day and in Balik Pulau. When we stand among the crowd, we feel a surge of happiness, a sense of close-knit, multi-racial energy generated by the people surrounding us.   As a photographer, I have covered many assignments when the various communities come together to make things happen. Beach clean-up, food fairs, gotongroyong, cultural events, markets walkabout and many more. We can see the pride in the people’s faces and how they warmed up to the state leaders. I have to say that this wasn’t something I feel before many years ago. I remember feeling so small standing behind yellow lines while VIPs walked past in parades. The police and Rela members will give fierce warning look to us so we dare not enroach. I remember gawking from the sides while VVIPs sat in golden sash, white satin VVIP chairs. Today, most of the Penangites get to go upclose and personal with the leaders. They get to joke with them

at the same level.   One fishmonger was telling Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at the Cecil market when they were taking photos together in front of press photographers: “If the ‘dacing’ people see my photo, they won’t buy my fish anymore,” while patting a huge garoupa sitting on the weighing scale.  It draws laughter from all over the market. I think it is the personal touch of by our state leaders that has sparked this sense of being stake owners of the state, and empowers the people of Penang to be masters of their own state. Today, this people’s power permeates at all level of our societies -- from the people on the streets to the movers and shakers of the corporate world. I have seen some of the NGOs in dialogues with the CM Lim and they too exercise their own people’s power where they demanded things to be done their way. I think it is definitely hard for the Penang state government in dealing with all these voices, often of opposing views. But I trust and believe that if we keep the communication channel open, positive people’s power will win at the end of the day. I wish all Penangites and visitors celebrating the Chinese New Year , “Keong Hee Huat Chai”.